10'6" Hyside on Main Salmon end of June?
I am on a permit to run the Main Salmon at the end of June/first few days of July. I was planning to paddle my 10'6" Hyside (Minimax) with my wife R-2 plus cooler, drybox, several drybags (we ran this setup for 5 days on the san juan in Utah last summer with success, but no big rapids). I have about 70 river days total experience guiding this boat. I am pretty comfortable with class III such as brown's, shoshone in the 3k range, lower eagle in the 2-3k range, etc. and I have run Seidels a few times. I have never been on the main salmon or a river that large. With snowpack still at 150% in Idaho and after watching some youtube videos after typing in main salmon high water, I am starting to question whether this is a fools errand. There will be plenty of other experienced boaters and kayakers in our group of 22, but having never run a river like this, I don't really know what to expect (I already ordered the guidebook).
So if I flip, which is pretty much guaranteed, what is it like in such large flows of water? I assume it won't be the knee and ankle crushing battle swims like I had on Browns last sunday. Is the main salmon mostly big pushy waves with good recovery afterwards? I guess Elkhorn is a pretty long one. Another friend told me that I could navigate around most rapids since the river is so wide. We will be wearing wetsuits, helmets and knee pads, considering hockey style shin guards too, but maybe swims in the main at high water are more about holding your breath. Any insight, etc. would be appreciated, thanks.